Chicago society of leadership annual donors


The Chicago Society of leadership annual donors recognizes leaders in the University of Chicago’s philanthropic community who support the University at significant levels year after year.

Chicago Society members include alumni, parents, and friends from across the University who give a total of $2,500 ($100 for recent graduates of the College) or more to the University of Chicago in current-use or financial-aid support each fiscal year (July 1–June 30).

Annual gifts at the leadership level strengthen programs of central importance to the University’s fundamental mission, including student aid, research, the arts, and urban initiatives. By making an annual current-use or financial-aid gift at the leadership level, you provide the University with the greatest flexibility in responding to the needs of our students, faculty, and community.


As a Chicago Society member, you will receive recognition and special access to University programs, staff, publications, and University leaders.

Midway Circle—$50,000+ Receive recognition in print, invitations to conference calls with University leadership highlighting UChicago research and initiatives, and all Drexel Circle benefits.

Drexel Circle—$25,000 Receive recognition in print, exclusive invitations to events with University leadership, and all Kimbark Circle benefits.

Kimbark Circle—$10,000 Receive recognition in print, exclusive invitations to University programs and networking events, and all Dorchester Circle benefits.

Dorchester Circle—$5,000 Receive recognition in print, special invitations to Chicago Society events, campus privileges, and all Ellis Circle benefits.

Ellis Circle—$2,500 Receive recognition in print, an Inspirit newsletter subscription, complimentary admission with one guest to Harper Lectures, and access to dedicated Chicago Society staff.

Recent College alumni giving at the following annual leadership levels receive print recognition as recent graduate leadership donors and all Ellis Circle benefits: current fourth-years–1 year out, $100; 2–9 years out, $500; and 10–14 years out, $1,000.

Matching gifts count toward membership when actual funds are received. Funds must be received in the same fiscal year as the originating gift to count toward membership. For multiyear pledges, annual Chicago Society membership will correspond with the level of pledge payments.


CLICK to make a gift online. Make your annual leadership gift easy and worry-free. Choose the recurring giving option and make a five-year leadership gift pledge of $2,500 each year to ensure your important support continues annually.

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MAIL a check payable to the University of Chicago to
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If you have questions, please contact us at or 773.702.9489.

“My mother grew up in foster homes and worked hard to graduate from college and become a teacher. I wanted to help students overcome similar obstacles to gain an education at the University of Chicago. When my wife Joan and I made an Odyssey Scholarship in her honor, my mother told me we never had to give her another gift.”
—Tom Sandlow, AB’81, MBA’85, a loyal Chicago Society donor of many years, pictured with his mother, Betty Sandlow